Las Vegas, NV - Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky will play host to the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes this Saturday, October 19. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go seven furlongs on Keeneland's All Weather Track.
A field of 14 three year old females plus two Also Eligible's has been confirmed for the Raven Run - race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card. Post time is 5:23 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all 16 potential combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.
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Ciao Bella Luna - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly raced in graded stakes company for the first time three back and produced in a big way with a terrific 2 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 14 after five career starts and three straight minor stakes starts yielded two wins and a second place finish. Last time out was an OK fourth in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks in June after a decent second in the minor Railbird Stakes behind Iotapa May 19. She has three wins and two seconds in eight career starts and hopes to find her Beaumont for this weekend. She will be ridden from post 9 in this spot by Ricardo Santana Jr. under 120 pounds and is the likely favorite Saturday.
Lighthouse Bay - George Weaver trained filly made her graded stakes debut July 27 and recorded an impressive win over Wildcat Lily in the Grade 1 Prioress at 21-1 odds after a win in the minor Jostle Stakes at Parx June 8. Last time out was a small hiccup - a fifth in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga August 24. She had a respectable third in the minor Miss Preakness Stakes May 17 and a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming in April and ended 2012 with a nice two race win streak - in the minor Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel Park in November and a MSW at Belmont Park in October. She has four wins a second and a third place finish in eight career starts, has won two of her last three and will be looking for a strong bounce back Saturday in her Polytrack debut.
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Silsita - Todd Pletcher trained filly made her stakes debut with a very impressive win in the Grade 3 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 23 after a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream February 2, a fourth before that and a MSW score at Calder in her debut November 29. She followed her Fathead score with an ugly tenth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks in May but has been up and down since. Silsita had a win in the minor My Princess Jess Stakes July 20 after an OK second in the minor Astronomia Stakes at Belmont Park June 13 but most recently was sixth in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes August 18 at Saratoga. She has eight career starts with three wins, a second and a third place finish but has certainly been inconsistent as of late. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith gets the mount from post 4 as part of a 118-pound impost.
My Opinion - Chris Block trained filly has been very impressive - four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in eight career starts. Last time out was a third in the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes September 14 after a third in the minor Hatoof Stakes and a terrific score in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks during a streak of four wins in five races (that graded stakes score and two minor stakes wins). She has been at or near the top in every race this year and could challenge Saturday as well.
Irish Lute - Dallas Stewart trained filly finished a decent third in her first two graded stakes races - back on May 3 in the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs and the other coming in the Grade 1 Prioress July 27. Last time out was a good second in the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs September 21 after a disappointing sixth in the Grade 1 Test Stakes August 24. She has 11 career starts with two wins, four seconds and two third place finishes.
Sittin At the Bar - enters the Raven Run on a four race win streak - all four minor stakes races - the Elge Raspberry Stakes last time out September 21, the Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in August, the Louisiana Legends Ladies Sprint in July and the Acadiana Stakes in May. Her best graded stakes result came last November - a third in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes and she has raced in graded stakes company twice since - a sixth in the Grade 3 Eight Belles May 3 and a fifth in the Grade 3 Honeybee in March. All together Sittin At the Bar has eight wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 13 career starts - the only off the board finishes coming in her last two graded stakes tries.
Plenty O'Toole - has 10 starts this year with two wins and three third place finishes but has not fared all that well in her limited graded stakes experiences. Last time out was a fourth in the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks October 5 and her other graded stakes action came in June - an eighth in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks. She had an Allowance Optional Claiming score in July but has struggled in her last two starts overall.
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Turn by Turn - has just two career starts for trainer Alex Clarkson - both wins. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming September 25 at Indiana Downs and before that was a MSW at Arlington Park September 2.
Thetaloveandmine - will be making her graded stakes debut Saturday but has one minor stakes start under her belt - a ninth last time out in the Charles Town Oaks September 21. Before that were two Allowance scores at Presque isle Downs in August. Thetaloveandmine has three wins, a second and a third place finish in six career starts but takes a huge step up in competition Saturday.
Jewel of a Cat - has placed in seven of eight career starts - the lone off the board finish being the minor Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in May. Last time out was her second minor stakes score in eight career starts - the Coronation Cup at Saratoga in August. She has four wins, two seconds and a third place finish in her career but steps up in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday.
Elusive Fate - is coming off a respectable third in her graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs September 21 after a fourth in the minor Indiana Grand Stakes in July. Before that was two straight wins - a MSW and an Allowance race. She has two wins, a second and a third in eight career starts and will be looking to build off her solid effort last time out.
Primed for Passion - Jonathan Sheppeard trained filly had a four race win streak snapped last time out un her stakes debut - the H.B.P.A Stakes at Presque Isle Downs September 26. The wins included three Allowance races and a MSW all on that same track. She enters this weekend in good form but certainly takes a huge step up in competiton.
Finding More - most recently finished fifth in the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs September 21 after a third in the minor Indiana Grand Stakes and an Allowance score in June. Her other graded stakes action came in February - a sixth in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds. She has four wins and a third place finish in 10 career starts.
Eden Prairie - is coming off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Arlington Park September 21 after a pair of fifths in minor stakes action - the Hatoof and the Northbound Pride Oaks. Her graded stakes result have been as follows - an OK third in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes in April and a disappointing ninth in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes in June. She has three wins and a third place finish in nine career starts.
Fully Living - Alternate Entry has two wins, three seconds and a third place finish in nine career start and has three graded stakes races to her credit - a fourth in the Grade 3 Schuylerville in July 2012, a third in the 2012 Grade 2 Adirondack and a fifth in last year's Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades.
Madame Cactus - Alternate Entry has two wins and two seconds in five career starts with her best result being a win in the minor My Trusty Cat Stakes at Delta Downs on October 2012. She has just two starts since - a fourth in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess in November and a second in the minor C.E.R.F Stakes nearly 10 months later at Del Mar.
2013 Raven Run Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 9 on Keeneland Race Course's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:23 PM.
|1||Plenty O'Toole||M. Pedroza||C. Dickey|
|2||Sittin At the Bar||M. Guidry||B. Brinkman|
|3||Turn by Turn||K. Desormeaux||A. Clarkson|
|4||Silsita||M. Smith||T. Pletcher|
|5||Lighthouse Bay||J. Rocco, Jr.||G. Weaver|
|6||Thetaloveandmine||J. Graham||T. Hamm|
|7||Jewel of a Cat||C. DeCarlo||B. Perkins, Jr.|
|8||Elusive Fate||B. Hernandez, Jr.||G. Arnold, II|
|9||Ciao Bella Luna||R. Santana, Jr.||W. Catalano|
|10||My Option||E. Perez||C. Block|
|11||Irish Lute||S. Bridgmohan||D. Stewart|
|12||Primed for Passion||M. Pino||J. Sheppard|
|13||Finding More||D. Flores||S. Schu|
|14||Eden Prairie||R. Albarado||N. Pessin|
|15||Fully Living (AE)||C. Lanerie||G. Arnold, II|
|16||Madame Cactus (AE)||J. Talamo||P. Eurton|